Giggs gives backing to Manchester United duo

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Manchester United duo Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have been backed to stay at the club by interim boss Ryan Giggs.

With Manchester United’s disappointing season coming to a end, a summer of change is on the cards, as several players are shipped out and fresh faces brought in by the new management team.

Manchester United’s first priority, of course, is to appoint a new manager, but the Red Devils are also likely to undergo big changes in the playing staff, with a number of under-performing and older stars earmarked for the Old Trafford exit. Amongst those players were thought likely to be defenders Rio Ferdinand (35) and Patrice Evra (32).

The duo are out of contract this season, and it has been widely anticipated that they would both be departing the club alongside Serbian international Nemanja Vidic.

Interim Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs suggested in his Friday press conference, however, that he is keen for the duo to stay for another year, as the Welshman believes that these experienced campaigners still possess key qualities which can benefit the squad next season.

Giggs said Friday: 'I’d like them to stay on. But it’s their decision, (but) their contracts are both up. They have both given massive service to the club, and both are fit and looked good last week. 

'The decisions on a lot of them were made four or five weeks ago. It’s just a couple of them that are a bit up in the air. I’ll just give my point of view across and then we make a decision.......I think it’s a group discussion, but I still think they have got a lot to offer'. 

Evra has started 31 Manchester United Premier League matches this season, whereas Ferdinand has started just ten.

During their time at the club, the duo have won a host of trophies, including a number of Premier League titles plus they enjoyed Champions League success in 2008.

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